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Commentary: There is nothing wrong with Kevin Cramer paying his family to work on his campaign

Congressman Kevin Cramer poses with his wife Kris in front of "Executive One" at the White House in Washington D.C. Photo via Twitter

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, despite her carefully cultivated public demeanor, is a petty and vindictive politician.

But don’t take my word on it. The attack Heitkamp’s partisan surrogates launched on Congressman Kevin Cramer (a man on the verge of announcing a campaign for Heitkamp’s Senate seat) this week is evidence enough.

It was a two-pronged assault, the first having to do with Cramer’s campaign making payments to his wife and other family members.

This isn’t exactly news. Kris Cramer has been a paid member of her husband’s campaign since the 2012 cycle when he was first elected to office. According to disclosure reports filed with the FEC, from that cycle through the 3rd quarter of 2017 Kris Cramer has been paid a total of $139,055.07 including $119,000 in salary and just over $20,000 in expenses.

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